Casa Antonieta
Oaxaca, Oaxaca

October 2018


For its size and abundance of creative energy, the city of Oaxaca has surprisingly few accommodation options ⏤ hotels and Airbnbs alike ⏤ that truly put a focus on design. But opened earlier this year, Casa Antonieta sets a new standard for Oaxacan hospitality. Top to bottom, it is a dreamy blend of contemporary style with local artisan details, set in a centuries-old Spanish colonial home.

The classic colonial architecture, with its solid stone walls and interior courtyard, doesn’t make way for much direct sunlight, so there’s a cool, shadowy mood about the place that induces a feeling of tranquility; it encourages slower footsteps, conversation in lower decibels. The rooms are equally soothing, outfitted with natural materials, low-lighting and muted color palettes.

Casa Antonieta has only six rooms, two of which have two queen size beds and the other four each have a single king. We stayed in both rooms Cuatro and Seis over three nights. The former is considered a suite because it has its own patio, but, full-disclosure, it is not that private; it shares one pretty, but hollow brick wall with room Cinco’s patio and another side looks into the common hallway. On the flipside, it has a large, luxurious bathroom and, being at the back of the hotel, is exceptionally quiet. Room Seis is categorized as a standard, but it’s still very generously sized and has a nice sitting area. The other rooms, into which I snuck a few peeks during cleanings and are more fully detailed on the hotel’s website, look lovely and spacious too. All that to say, each room has its list of pros and (a minimal amount of) cons, but they are all beautifully appointed and supremely comfortable. You can’t really go wrong.

The attention to detail around the hotel is noticeable. It feels personal and authentic, the same way one would thoughtfully decorate their own home. A bit of this, a bit of that; nothing too matchy, but still there’s an underlying cohesion. Small gestures in the rooms ⏤ fresh fruit, flowers, robes, stationary ⏤ go a long way to welcome guests. Vintage touches in the decor connect the dots between the modern renovations and the building’s history.

The hotel, located in the very center of the city on Calle Miguel Hidalgo, is sandwiched between the Museo Textil de Oaxaca and the newly restored Centro Cultural San Pablo. Add in Muss Café, which is part of Casa Antonieta, and you have quite a dense half-block of gorgeous, creative spaces. I absolutely recommend taking time to explore each of them.

Oaxaca holds a special place in Mexico and has rich offerings of food, drink, art and history that burst with deep-rooted culture and creativity. Thanks to Casa Antonieta, there’s finally something within the hotel category that brings a curated approach to the city’s beauty and spirit as well. ⁍

Casa Antonieta | website




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